March 2, 2016
Fauquier High team wins state Scholastic Bowl
Fauquier High School’s state championship academic team (from left): Joel McGuire, Angelle Marshall, Mark Wiedenfeld, Niles Ribeiro, Chris Parios, Shelby Bush, Jeremy Alexander and Coach Liz Monseur.
The state trophy at Fauquier High School.
These are some of the most disciplined students you will ever meet. They always have an insatiable curiosity for knowledge.
— Coach Liz Monseur
“FHS Fighting Nerds”
• What: Fauquier High School Academic Team.
• Record: 23-0 in 2015-16, winning Virginia 4A championship; 3-0 in state tournament on Feb. 27.
• Coach: Liz Monseur, history teacher.
Angelle Marshall, senior
Chris Parios, senior
Niles Ribeiro, senior
Mark Wiedenfeld, senior
Jeremy Alexander, junior
Joel McGuire, junior
Shelby Bush, sophomore
Fauquier High School’s undefeated academic team won its first Virginia High School League championship Saturday in Williamsburg.
The “FHS Fighting Nerds” defeated Sherando, Smithfield and Eastern View to claim the 4A trophy at the Scholastic Bowl State Tournament.
“These kids have won 23 matches in a row,” FHS Coach Liz Monseur said. “I’ve never had a team do that before; so it’s really outstanding.”
Twenty-four teams from every corner of Virginia converged at the College of William and Mary to compete for championships in six enrollment classifications.
Fauquier won the regional championship Feb. 6 at John Champe High School in Aldie to qualify for the state Final Four.
“These are some of the most disciplined students you will ever meet,” Ms. Monseur said. “They always have an insatiable curiosity for knowledge.”
The team includes:
• Seniors — Angelle Marshall, Chris Parios, Niles Ribeiro and Mark Wiedenfeld.
• Juniors —Jeremy Alexander and Joel McGuire.
• Sophomore Shelby Bush.
“I think it’s an amazing accomplishment,” FHS Principal Clarence “Tripp” Burton said. “It speaks to the team members’ hard work and Ms. Monseur’s hard work. It’s a great thing for our school and the community as well.”
The tournament included questions about literature, music, art, history, geography, current events, pop culture, the sciences and the history of science, as well as levels of math that include calculus, statistics, trigonometry, geometry and algebra.
The state championship trophy stands in the main office at FHS. The school will update a banner in the gym to add the title.
A trio of seniors — Mr. Ribeiro, Mr. Wiedenfeld and Mr. Parios — has participated in the extracurricular activity since their freshman year.
“They are brilliant,” said Ms. Monseur, who teaches U.S. history. “My top three seniors are exceptionally talented, but also they have worked really hard over the years and are accustomed to the kind of questions.”
Parents and the FHS staff have also supported the team. Activities Director Mark Holmes and Assistant Principal Jim Raines also attended the state tournament in Williamsburg.
“These are students who are high achievers and involved in other extracurricular activities,” Principal Burton said. “They are really the best of the best. They are an inspiration not only to students, but to staff.”
State tournament results:
Schb Results 2016 by Fauquier Now
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